Latest posts by Obelixx

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 11:09

Blue skies, warm sun.  T-shirt and pottering weather.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 09:37

Beautiful views Liri.  I love the stonework in that chapel.  Great poppy Pat but you can keep your snake.

I have doors and windows wide open to disperse odours after feeding our oak desk with beeswax and cleaning the glass doors on our woodburners.   It's a "bridge" holiday here with lots of people taking the day off to make a long weekend with tomorrow's public holiday and some perishers are out there shooting.  No off the lead stuff on walkies then.

Moving house conundrum

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 08:32

Moved here a month ago and it is a wrench leaving a treasured garden to people you know are not gardeners.  I had the luxury of being able to pot up some special treasures and bring lots of stuff but have left most behind.

If you're to be in a hotel for 6 months you can't reasonably expect to keep cuttings and divisions alive but you could store seeds.   In theory, the greenhouse and so on are part of the property and included in the sale price and you can only move what isn't attached so pots and furniture but not plants in the ground or sheds etc.   Work out what your spent on your pots and troughs and then the cost of transporting and storing them against what you might make by selling them to invest in buying new when' you're ready to garden again.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 08:21

Another sunny start today after a clear night and a sky filled with stars - no street lights so great stella display.   Must walk the dogs this morning as we have a fuel delivery this afternoon and I need to be there.  OH says he's coming back tomorrow, 2 days ahead of schedule.  Better get some more jobs done then.

Have a good day everyone.   Hope you don't get talked at all day WW.    Clari, just ho much tea do they grow in Yorkshire??  

Those poor Italians must be wondering what's hit them and when it will stop.

Gardener's belt and tools

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 22:30

Felco make the best secateurs.   Excellent quality, mdoels for different purposes and left-handers but no 2 is the general purpose one.   

Can't be doing with a belt when I'm bending down to garden so I use a plastic tool box with two compartments and a carrying handle a bit like this - http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/cleaning-caddy-374102   Works for me.


Clematis varieties

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 21:45

Seakale - the RHS site says PC is LL and that viticela is a pseudonym.   This academic website which I use to check clematis descriptions for flowering epriod and pruning groups also says PC is in the LL group - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=37 

have to say that in Belgium I treated all group 2s as group 3s for pruning as winter usually killed off al their top growth so they behaved like vitciellas and flowered thru summer rather than in May/june.

Clematis varieties

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 19:06

I had a Huldine too Richard and loved it.   Might just wait to find another then but, Hosta, I always found clematis needed a couple of seasons to get their roots down before performing above ground.

Maxima looks lovely Richard but where on earth am I going to find one here?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 19:01

Happy to share Dove.  It's a new pack so should be nice and fresh tasting.

The 30 babies mentioned above are strawberries to give us fruit from May To October.   We'll see.  Had to leave my fancy pink lfowered ones behind cos they'd stopped flowering by the time we loved.  Boo.  Anyway, keen to try our neighbours on Eton Mess next summer.

What is on your Christmas list?

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 18:54

Both OH and I have birthdays close to Xmas so decided years ago that we would buy decent b'day prezzies but have a £10 limit for Xmas.  This went after Possum arrived in January 1995.   I'd really like to go back to it or swap it and do simple b'days and fancy Xmas.

Either way, my shopping list is, as always, garden and sometimes house related so this year it's a man with a bulldozer to smooth out the former hen patch and make a veggie plot and a ditch in which to bury water and leccy from house to veggies; the timber for raised beds; a greenhouse and/or polytunnel; heated propagating bench as opposed to a bought propagator, a tree surgeon to take out a damaged ash and a sick plum and so on and so forth.   Big stuff but needed anyway so why not for Xmas?

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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 18:47

I have no idea why that has appeared so late.  Know what you mean about Xmas cards Busy so I tend to order online form RHS or RNLI or similar when I can find a card the right shape.  Belgian PO very strict about envelope sizes and weights - nothing square or small.  The like business letter size basically and 3 pages max for one stamp.  In France they seem a lot more accommodating.

Clari - blackcurrant is great with duck?  Cuts the richness beautifully.  Good luck with the cleaning tomorrow and hope he enjoys his visit and his treatment works.

WW - the last time I had one of those was summer 88 when OH was in Austin, Texas at IBM for 4 months and I was at home looking after the company's new student intake playing 5-a-side for our sports and social club......... 

Topbird - sounds exciting.  Do we get pics of before and after?

Watching Countryfile and getting a yen to grow pears but not for perry.  Need a bulldozer first though.


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